Jan. 20, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's basketball signee Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton School (NH)) has been selected to the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team, announced by USA Basketball on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Vonleh, a 6-8 forward, will join nine other players for the 16th Annual Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, April 20 to take on the World Select Team at the Rose Garden. The Nike Hoop Summit, the country's premier annual basketball game for high school boys, features America's top seniors playing against a World Team comprised of elite, international players who are 19 years old or younger.
Vonleh, who is on the Naismith Boy's High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List and a McDonald's All-America nominee, is currently ranked as the No. 8 player in the Class of 2013 by ESPNU and No. 9 by Scout.com.
Nike Hoop Summit History
The premiere event for high-school-age players, an incredible 140 former USA and World Select Team members have been drafted by NBA teams.
In 2012, the first three picks were former U.S. Nike Hoop Summit players, including Anthony Davis at No. 1 (New Orleans Hornets), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 (Charlotte Bobcats) and Bradley Beal at No. 3 (Washington Wizards). Since the first Hoop Summit in 1995, six alumni have been chosen No. 1 in the NBA Draft, and all told, 46 players have been selected among the first 10 draftees. Additionally, five players from the Hoop Summit have gone on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors, including Kyrie Irving (2012), Tyreke Evans (2010), Derrick Rose (2009), Kevin Durant (2008) and Elton Brand, who shared the honor in 2000.
As of January 2013, 68 former USA players and 17 former World team members were active in the NBA, and 25 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 19 past U.S. players and six former World team athletes.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection; training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics, men's and women's FIBA World Championships; women's FIBA U19 World Champions; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; as well as the women's FIBA 3X3 World Championship and 3x3 U18 World Championship.